Emilio Modeste is a seventeen-year-old jazz saxophonist. He began playing the saxophone at the age of eight, and has played and/or studied with respected and world-renowned musicians such as Rene McLean, Antoine Roney, Wallace Roney, Gary Bartz, Wynton Marsalis, Larry Willis, Bobby Watson, and many others. At the age of eleven, Emilio joined the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra. He is now the band leader and has responsibilities on and off the bandstand, varying from choosing and rehearsing songs to recommending songs to learn and giving advice to peers. Emilio has joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on their tour dates, and has traveled to many places in and out of the United States, like Australia, Germany, Argentina, and Panama.
Emilio Modeste opened for Jon Batiste at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in 2016 and has played at respected establishments such as the Jazz Standard, Ginny's Supperclub, Minton's, the Village Vanguard, the Bronx Beer Hall, Smalls, Zinc Bar, the Blue Note, and many other great venues in New York City.